York University School of Continuing Studies responds to labour shortage with innovative new IT Audit program

Arif Hameed, Senior Director, Client Security, Equifax (CNW Group/York University)

TORONTO,¬†Jan. 16, 2018¬†/CNW/ –¬†Changes in government regulations1¬†are requiring organizations across¬†Canada¬†to revisit their Information Technology (IT) systems and controls, investing more than ever in effective IT auditing to protect themselves. This demand has created a job market shortage, with 75% of senior leaders citing a challenge in finding the right professionals to execute their IT audits2. In response to this urgent need, The¬†York University¬†School of Continuing Studies is launching an¬†innovative new Certificate in IT Audit Execution. Taking a real-world approach to nurturing the practical job skills required to fully execute an IT Audit, this part-time program is currently open for enrolment, with the first session starting September, 2019.


Designed in collaboration with leaders in the world of IT audit, the¬†Certificate in IT Audit Execution¬†will not only prepare students for their CISA¬ģ¬†exam in just 6 months3‚ÄĒthe certificate covers all 5 domains of knowledge required to earn this globally recognized designation‚ÄĒbut will also bring their learning to life through real-world case studies and dynamic collaborative learning. This bridging of theory and practice is a key differentiator of the program, and one sure to make a marked improvement in the quality of future IT Auditor job applicants.

“There simply aren’t enough qualified IT auditors to meet demand right now,” says¬†Arif Hameed, Senior Director of Client Security at Equifax and¬†York University¬†School of Continuing Studies Program Advisory Council Member. “The Certificate in IT Audit Execution prepares students to not only pass their CISA exam, but to execute a full IT audit with confidence, in just 6 months. I wish a program like this existed when I was starting out in my career.”

The Certificate in IT Audit Execution is a part-time program, designed specifically for working professionals. Taken mostly online, with occasional in-class sessions to support critical learning outcomes, the certificate gives students the deep knowledge and broader job skills employers are looking for in their IT Audit hires. Combining technical skill building in industry-leading tools and practices with key cross-functional skills like problem solving, negotiation and analytical thinking, the program ensures graduates leave ready to hit the ground running in their careers, keeping ahead of change in a rapidly evolving industry.

York University¬†has reimagined the traditional approach to continuing education, offering students an unparalleled opportunity to become the highly skilled, cross-functional hires demanded by today’s evolving job market. The future of work will require top companies and decision makers to make significant investments in upskilling the Canadian workforce to effectively adapt to changes in technology, artificial intelligence and automation. The¬†Certificate in IT Audit Execution¬†will ensure that the next wave of practitioners will be equipped to shape their industry in the coming years.

“The future of work is vastly different than anything we’ve seen before,” explains¬†Tracey Taylor-O’Reilly, Assistant Vice-President, Continuing Studies. “With changes in technology shaping what employers are looking for when they hire, the need to close the impending skills gap is critical. Our graduates leave our programs with the deep skills they need to excel in their job functions, as well as the broader skills to collaborate across teams and affect lasting change within their organizations”.

Enrolment is now open for the Certificate in IT Audit Execution, with the first session starting September 2019.

For full program information, visit The York University School of Continuing Studies website.

About the York University School of Continuing Studies

The York University School of Continuing Studies provides meaningful continuing education opportunities which combine guided instruction with practical application. Our programs are designed to develop well-rounded professionals that employers value, with both the deep discipline-based knowledge and the broad cross-functional skills required to communicate and be effective within a multidisciplinary team. With a variety of options to suit the learning style and schedule of a modern and ambitious professional, adding a recognized and respected credential such as a York University professional certificate has never been more convenient.

1 Bill C-198 (referenced by Globe and Mail: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/bill-c-198-compliance/article1104239/)

2 2018 North American Pulse of Internal audit, IIA 

3¬†Certified Information Systems Auditor, a certification conferred through ISACA¬ģ

SOURCE York University

CONTACT: Christine Brooks-Cappadocia, Director, Marketing & Enrolment Management, School of Continuing Studies, York University, 416.736.5449, cbc@yorku.ca

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